Lifespan: Why We Age--And Why We Don't Have To
ISBN: 0008380325
EAN13: 9780008380328
Language: English
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 0.9842519675" H x 8.661417314" L x 5.905511805" W
Weight: 0.5952481074 lbs.
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER

A paradigm-shifting book from an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and one of Time's most influential people.

It's a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we've been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan?

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.

This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs--many from Dr. David Sinclair's own lab at Harvard--that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to feel younger, but actually become younger.

Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the Read More chevron_right

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   Great knowledge, badly written
I am a psychiatrist. The good : It is evident that the author is serious. He has everything that is needed to write about the subject. The book is full of information at every level, and was a nice surprise because he even describes the potential social problems of extending life. The bad : It is impossible to do skimming or scanning before detailed reading. In my opinion, that is a big flaw. It makes the reader lose a lot of time trying to understand what is the main idea of each chapter or section. The titles are implicit or metaphoric, and that makes things even worse. I hope this style of writing ages with old generations for good. I made the effort because of the quality of the content, but it was irritating to find such an amount of overwriting. If the book were great, the book would be removing approximately 100 pages of words.
 
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   This Is A Must Read Book
This book is one of the best books I have ever read on aging and lifespan. Written by researcher David A Sinclair, it is full of terrific and valuable information relating to increasing your lifespan and doing it in such a way that you are not just extending life ; you are doing so while reducing frailty and increasing our lifetime activity and usefulness. I would have given the book 5 stars, but not for his liberal views at the end of the book. I wiln't hold that against him, as I learned a tremendous amount of information and also the highly beneficial effects of the drug Metformin. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to lengthen his useful lifespan ''. I recommend it strongly to anyone who wants to prolong his useful lifespan. I wish I had read this book when I was 30 years younger. Even so, I believe that this will help those of us long in the tooth.
 
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   Accept GMOs? Bill Gates?
I can not convince myself that reading this book was beneficial. This author epitomizes the perfect example of a mentally impaired person who is simultaneously intelligent in other areas. His knowledge is vast, but I believe that his thinking has been corrupted by a system he allowed to overtake his common sense. To insist that GMOs are healthy and necessary and to mention Bill Gates in a positive light is a line I can not cross. I will say that there are many important points made on the ineptness of the US healthcare system. But none of these have been previously stated. This book could have been cut in half and be good enough. Too much of the book is personal feelings, hunches and predictions with nothing to support them. I am very leery of David Sinclair's.
 
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   A fresh, scientific and honest prospective
This is a wonderful well-written book by the author, covering an interesting topic with a completely fresh and honest perspective, even if I do not necessarily agree with the conclusions and implications provided by the author. This is great science! I give the book just 4 stars, that said, I give the book 4. First, this book covers too much material in a limited amount of pages, with the result of not giving enough space to the more scientific initial part, which deserves more attention in my opinion. Secondly, I found very generous to give so much credit to all researchers working on this topic, but it sounds too promotional to put it in the main text. An appendix dedicated to this topic would have been more appropriate for a book. But to conclude, it is a highly recommended reading. But to conclude, it is a highly recommended reading.
 
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   factual & useful info
I think we are all interested in our lifespan and wonder if there is anything we can do to improve our chances of living a little longer than we think we might. This book is well-written, very informative and you don 't need to be a PhD to understand it. Requirements for a longer life are often well beyond our ability to do much. At least, that is what I considered the fact. We often hear that our DNA has a good bit of work to do with it, and that is true. If you are an average person in reasonably good health, the information you may get from this book may help you add 10 years or so to your lifespan. From all the information checked, the information is accurate and the author knows what he is talking about. This book will stay in my library and I read it again a time or two.
 
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   Horrible writing style
The content of the first 45 pages could have been shortened at most to two pages without losing anything. The rest is fluff and self-congratulation. Too bad, as the underlying theme is of interest.
 
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   get this book
If you have any interest in living a longer, healthier life, you need this book. Much of the information can be found on YouTube with a variety of videos for free, but the book really delves into everything much better. And my advice : watch videos first --- though I don't find it terribly technical, it does help to be somewhat of a health nerd to understand some.
 
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   Obnoxiously Long, Arrogant, and Boring.
If I could, I would give it zero stars if I could. This is more of an engaging Facebook ramble than an odd book on the concept of aging. It's random and most of it is the author pinning together silly long subjects to relate them to aging. He tries to give economic insight into the consequences of longer human lives, but it is clear that he gets his economic education from HuffPost or Paul Krugman. Furthermore, he drags about many other political topics that have no place in a book positioned by health. This is a book written by another arrogant Harvard professor who thinks that because they work at Harvard, they are an expert in every field possible. Save yourself some time and pass on this obnoxiously long incoherent manifesto.
 
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   Interesting and very useful and motivational book!
The book is very interesting and useful. I started first fasting as an intermittent step and credit this book and it's author with more attention to my health. Will probably do more as a book describes.
 
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   Honest and interesting but poor book production quality
The book is honest and interesting - it does not claim to be more authoritative than it can be and readily says that transferring the results of rat experiments to humans is a stretch at this point, but that the author and his father feel it is worth doing. The book quality as a physical object is oddly poor, the paper is almost as cheap as newsprint. The index is nearly unreadable due to the poor printing on the tiny paper. Definitely detracts from the book and makes it somewhat overpriced for what it is.
 
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